Here’s an update on the winter storm situation as of 4:15 p.m. Saturday:
- Steady, occasionally heavy snow continues to fall across much of the Northland away from Lake Superior. Visibility at the Duluth International Airport was down to a quarter-mile at 3 p.m. with snow and fog. Expect the snow to continue through the evening; total snowfall is expected to reach 8 inches or more for the Twin Ports and North Shore away from the lake, and possibly in excess of 10 inches for parts of Northwestern Wisconsin.
Here’s a more detailed forecast from the National Weather Service in Duluth:
HEAVY SNOW WILL PERSIST ALONG THE Â INTERSTATE 35 CORRIDOR FROM DULUTH TO HINCKLEY THIS EVENING. THE Â SNOW WILL BE VERY HEAVY AT TIMES WITH RAPID ACCUMULATION BEFORE Â MIDNIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES Â ARE POSSIBLE FROM HINCKLEY UP TO TWO HARBORS AND THE SOUTHERN Â PARTS OF THE ARROWHEAD…INLAND AWAY FROM LAKE SUPERIOR TONIGHT. Â THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35…AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITIES OF Â MCGRATH… HINCKLEY…MOOSE LAKE…CLOQUET… HERMANTOWN…OVER Â THE HILL IN DULUTH…AND ISLAND LAKE IN NORTHEASTERN Â MINNESOTA…AS WELL AS SIREN…SOLON SPRINGS IN NORTHWESTERN Â WISCONSIN. TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE 8 INCHES OR MORE.
LOCATIONS ALONG THE IMMEDIATE SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR, INCLUDING DOWNTOWN AND LAKESIDE DULUTH…AND SUPERIOR…WILL SEE THE RAIN TO CHANGE OVER TO SNOW WITH LITTLE ACCUMULATION THIS EVENING.
* MAIN IMPACT AND SNOWFALL REPORTS: SEVERAL STORM SPOTTERS HAVE Â REPORTED 4 TO 6 INCHES OF ACCUMULATED SNOW THIS AFTERNOON AND Â AREA WEBCAMS CONTINUE TO SHOW SNOW PILING UP. ROAD CONDITIONS FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAVE BEEN Â REPORTED TO BE POOR IN SOME LOCATIONS…AND WILL CONTINUE TO Â DETERIORATE THROUGH THE NIGHT FROM ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL. IN ADDITION…THE WEIGHT OF THE SNOW…COMBINED WITH STRONG Â WINDS…MAY BRING DOWN TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES.
- Winter storm warnings continue for the Twin Ports, Cloquet, Hinckley, Aitkin, Hayward and Bayfield until noon Sunday. A winter storm warning is in effect for the North Shore and Iron Range until 4 p.m. Sunday
- A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon Sunday for the Ashland, Hurley, Ely, Grand Rapids and Brainerd areas until noon Sunday. Those areas may see 2 to 5 inches of snow; the snow totals are less because of rain mixing in (Ashland-Hurley area) or because they areas are farther from the storm center (Ely, Grand Rapids and Brainerd).
- As noted above, travel is becoming difficult as the snow piles up on roads around the region. The Interstate 35 corridor between the Twin Ports and Twin Cities, in particular, has received a lot of snow today. Parts of the Twin Cities metro area have received a foot of snow today, with widespread power outages reported.
- Here are some snowfall reports from around the region this afternoon: 7.5 inches at Bruno in Pine County; 7 inches at Hawthorne in Douglas County; 6 inches at Solon Springs; 4.5 inches at Cloquet; 3.7 inches at the Duluth airport.
Check back here for weather updates this evening.